A pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen in our lifetimes, began taking lives the first month of this year. By March, it had spread to nearly every country in the Western world, including the U.S., but Trump said there were only 15 cases and they would be gone by April … not to worry. Now, the U.S. has logged over 122,000 deaths and is at almost 2.4 million reported cases. In mid-March, non-essential businesses were ordered to shut down in nearly every state. Then in May, despite nearly 1,000 deaths each and every day, Trump demanded that states start opening everything back up … ‘his’ economy was tanking and … there was an election coming up, y’know. So, states began to comply with his wishes, at varying paces. The people, tired of staying home for two months, were antsy and protests began to arise. They wanted their bars, their restaurants, their movie theaters back! Never mind that more people would die as a result. The experts predicted that we were opening too much way too soon, they predicted cases would rise, they predicted businesses would be forced to close again. Guess what, folks? It doesn’t even take a rocket scientist to figure it out … the experts were right. Duh.
“Citing a spike in coronavirus cases, particularly among young people who had visited Boise bars early this month, Idaho health officials on Monday reinstated some restrictions in Ada County, the state’s most populous jurisdiction.” – The Washington Post, 22 June 2020
“Recent days have marked a major turning point for the state [Florida], where Gov. Ron DeSantis — a Republican loyal to President Donald Trump — confirmed that the number of new cases had been rising because of a surge in cases, not because of increased testing. Florida on Monday confirmed it had recorded 100,000 positive test results for Covid-19 since the pandemic began.” – Politico, 22 June 2020
Florida recently recorded more than 4,000 new cases in a single day! Mayors and governors around the country are vowing stricter regulations, and it’s my best guess that in the coming weeks, some states will re-instate ‘stay at home’ orders and the shuttering of businesses. And it is at this juncture that Donald Trump held a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma — a city where the number of cases had spiked this month, and he said …
“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’”
Of course … the numbers on the rise as they have been do not bode well for his approval rating, given that he wasted three months blowing it off, calling it a ‘democratic hoax’. But this … to slow down on testing because it is turning up more cases and makes him look bad??? WTF??? Now, the White House spokespeople likely went apeshit when they heard him say this and immediately claimed that of course he was joking. Trump himself later claimed it was a joke. Let me tell you something, people … a pandemic that has cost well over 100,000 lives in this country, and nearly half a million globally is NOT A JOKING MATTER!!! If he can crack jokes with more than 2.3 million total cases, 1.3 million still considered active, and hundreds of people in this country dying every single day, then he cannot possibly be considered the ‘leader’ of this nation. Only a cruel autocrat could mock the deaths of so many.
And today, Trump will be endangering more of those lives he so carelessly jokes about, when he holds yet another rally, this time in a church in Phoenix, Arizona. Fortunately, the capacity of the church is only 3,000, so if the ratio of his last rally holds true, only about 1,000 will show up. The pastor of the church, one Luke Barnett, claims that the church has an air-purification system that purportedly kills “99.9 percent of covid within 10 minutes”. Only thing is … it can’t. It cannot kill even 1% of the coronavirus germs in 10 hours. Both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have refuted the pastor’s claim, saying that no such system can kill the coronavirus. Period.
I wonder what he’ll find to joke about today? Perhaps he could do an off-the-cuff about the ballooning suicide rate in the U.S.? Or perhaps he’ll find humour in the latest mass shooting in North Carolina that left 2 dead and 7 wounded? There is something seriously wrong with a person who can joke about loss of life. Seriously wrong. I don’t want my life in his hands.